Eight of Staves: Swiftness
Historical: Lord of Swiftness
Pent #8 – Fire of 坤 (K’un) The Receptive, Earth
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #12 (否 pǐ), Standstill (Stagnation)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Mercury (Hod, Splendor)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Sagittarius
Keywords: Velocity, Vibes, Superlight, Electromagnetics, True Will
Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Weak Signal,
Golden Dawn: Called The Eight of Wands Lord of Swiftness, the Eight of Wands card corresponds to the planetary Mercury and zodiacal Sagittarius. It places at Sephira #8 (Hod) in the Golden Dawn system.
Four spirit hands grasping two flaming arrowhead-tipped wands each issue from clouds. Two separate wands are also pictured at the top and bottom of the card.
Thoth: Called the Eight of Wands, Swiftness, the card is meant to represent the vibrating, sustaining and electrical energy that constitutes matter itself. “The Vibe” as it is called is attributed to the nature of this card. It is fast and furthermore, flameless, unlike the Golden Dawn version.. There is a communicative property, as it carries the original Will of Logos and manifests geometric form.
Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The hexagram is #12, Standstill or Stagnation, and this doesn’t appear to fit with the title of the card. Heaven is in the above and Earth in the below, the opposite of an auspicious union. Considering that the purpose of Swiftness as described by Crowley is to bring “down from Chokmah the message of the original Will” and it is a swift electromagnetic force that can pierce through matter and cover great distances in a speed beyond that of light, then we may be looking at a situation which describes light piercing the darkness to manifest Will even in situations that seem hopeless or where our refuge seems far away. For the religious this can be God, for the irreligious, Science or home. The text of the Image states: “Heaven and earth do not unite: “The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls back upon his inner worth In order to escape the difficulties. He does not permit himself to be honored with revenue.” This inner worth is the vibrating inner True Will of Mercury described in Aleister Crowley’s The Tarot of the Egyptians.
Fire of Mercury is ethereal and fragile, but also quite potent. Mercury in Sagittarius points to a precise and fast warrior energy that may not be present constantly but will move as quick as lightning to respond to crisis. It is important to note it may only respond to crisis and so once this is understood the language by which one may call it down is legible.
The Pentagram reflects the Hexagram! This is unusual and exciting. it means the systems are working together despite being separated by millenia and thousands of miles. Truly there is no better evidence for Logos-Mercury than this. Furthermore the text from Berashith indicates a distancing between Heaven and Earth in the creation of the ra’kia or firmament.
The Scene: The Raven and the Eagle are meant to represent power and wisdom or intelligence, as well as the winged airy nature of Mercury. The auspicious knot is made of serpents, because m1thr0s wanted both. He was very surprised when I made an auspicious knot out of serpents and even got the weaving pattern correct. Each has one foot drawn up, ready to take flight at a moment’s notice, and they are anchored in Heaven. The nebulous background is meant to represent Heaven, which sends forth this power.